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Krishna cites Headley proof

Anita Joshua

AFP

Optimism reigns: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao arrive at the Chacklala airbase in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. Ahead of Thursday's talks with his Pakistan counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Mr. Krishna said India expected “some movement” from Islamabad on the issue of terrorism emanating from that country.

ISLAMABAD: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna arrived here on Wednesday afternoon quoting David Coleman Headley's disclosures regarding the Mumbai terror act and asserting that it was time Pakistan acted on the “overwhelming evidence of an irrefutable nature'' provided by New Delhi to Islamabad.

In his first remarks that he read out from a prepared text after landing at the Chaklala air base, Mr. Krishna said: “I also look forward to receiving feedback on the issues raised by our Home Minister during his visit to Pakistan last month on our core concern of terrorism, particularly in the light of the discussions our Home Minister had in Pakistan in the context of the interrogation of David Headley regarding the Mumbai terror attack.''

Later in a brief interaction with the Indian media ahead of the dinner hosted for him by his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, he again brought up the Headley disclosures, stating that it had revealed many things. “He was interrogated in the U.S. by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. So, hence, India cannot be faulted for that. I'm sure Pakistan would have taken due note of what he has revealed and we naturally expect a response from Pakistan. I'm here to find out what that response is.''

He said the visit marked the “beginning of a new journey in our efforts to build a peaceful, friendly and cooperative relationship between our two countries.''

“We want Pakistan to be a stable, prosperous country so that India can be at peace with itself so that we can concentrate on our developmental issues.''

He refused to comment on the Pakistani reaction to Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai's statement that there was a clear hand of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in the Mumbai attacks.

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